Dublin Fire Chief says hotel fire was not like Grenfell Tower

A Major Operational Incident was underway overnight as Dublin Fire Brigade fought to bring a blaze at a high-rise hotel under control.

The fire, at the Metro Hotel in Ballymun, Dublin started at around 7.30pm last night.

Investigations have begun into the cause of the fire; however, Dublin Fire Brigade’s Chief Fire Officer Pat Fleming has said that there is no indication yet that the cause of the fire was suspicious.

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Speaking on ‘Moring Ireland’ on RTÉ Radio One, Mr. Fleming also said last nights hotel fire was not like the fire at the Grenfell Tower in London last June, but it did highlight the fact that people need to know what to do when a fire alarm went off.

Eight fire appliances from Dublin Fire Brigade were used in the early stages of the fire with additional support from specialist vehicles such as 3 Aerial Platform Hydraulic Ladders, 2 Command & Control Units and 4 Special Unit vehicles.

As the fire progressed, DFB sought further assistance from Dublin Airport Fire Service and APFS Harriers from the Airport fire service were also assisting at the scene.

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Up to 60 firefighters fought the blaze on the inside and outside of the hotel.

This morning, just two fire appliances remain at the scene dealing with ‘hot spots’ in the building.

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Management at the hotel have said that there were 150 guests staying at the hotel at the time of the alarm and all persons were accounted for on evacuation.

The hotel and its adjoining apartments were completely evacuated as the fire took hold. The fire is believed to have started on the hotels’ 13th floor before spreading to the 10th floor. Design of the building prevented the fire from spreading to the 11th and 12th floor.

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Chief Fire Officer Pat Flemings told ‘Morning Ireland’ that the fire doesn’t appear to have been suspicious. “I don’t think we have any indication that it was suspicious at this stage. At this stage the fire is well out and we will be commencing an investigation this morning as soon as the building is safe to go in to.

Dublin’s fire chief said “It was a well-developed fire and we don’t know what the cause is at this stage. While it spread from the 13th to the 10th, the intervening floors were not damaged so compartmentation worked relatively well in the building. There is still a question mark over the spread of the fire from the 13th to the 10th and not the 11th and 12th.”

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Firefighters brought the blaze under control and the fire is now extinguished, however a fire crew remain at the scene this morning to cover ‘hot spots’.

Investigations by Dublin Fire Brigade and also An Garda Síochána are expected to take place as soon as the building has been made safe.

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Hotel fire in Dublin

Eight Units of Dublin Fire Brigade are tackling a blaze in the upper floors of a hotel in Ballymun, Dublin’s inner city.

The fire was reported at around 7.30pm.

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Dublin Fire Brigade has said 8 fire appliances, advanced paramedics and specialist appliances are all at the scene.

There are extensive traffic delays in the area and DFB is appealing to motorists to stay clear of the area to allow them deal with the incident.

Acting Garda Commissioner: We cannot afford to lose the trust of the people

Pride and dedication was strongly emphasised by Acting Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin at Fridays passing out ceremony of 206 new gardaí into the An Garda Síochána.

The latest intake of gardaí are part of the Government’s commitment to an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 including 15,000 Garda members.  In total 800 Garda trainees are scheduled to attest during the year with Garda numbers, taking account of projected retirements, on track to reach 14,000 by the end of 2018.

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The gardaí paraded in various formations to the tune of the Garda Band and before Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin and other senior garda officers. Speaking to the newly recruited gardaí, the Acting Commissioner said ‘Today is an important day for An Garda Síochána because we get to welcome over new members into the organisation. Senior garda management are committed to providing you with the tools you need to do your job in an efficient and effective way.’

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Community engagement and personal dedication was emphasised throughout the Commissioners speech and efforts by gardaí during the recent severe weather was also commended. ‘The one thing that came from ‘Storm Emma’ was seeing the communities pull together for the common good, and right in the middle of all that were the men and women of An Garda Síochána, whether it was transporting sick to hospital, delivering urgent medical supplies, making sure meals on wheels were delivered or even calling into people in isolated areas who were cut off from their neighbours, this was done by An Garda Síochána at all hours of the day and night in very challenging conditions.’

‘None of our colleagues did this for the limelight or because they were ordered to, they did it out of a sense of dedication to serving the communities to which they work and live. That is what our communities expect of us and deserve from us. That is how we have built up the trust of the people of Ireland over the generations and we cannot afford to lose that trust.’

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Acting Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin said that level of trust and dedication was expected from the new gardaí, a dedication of protecting and supporting the communities they serve, a dedication to duty and upholding the law in line with the Oath which each garda took on the day.

The Garda Modernisation Programme was also mentioned to the gardaí when the commissioner stated that senior garda management were dedicated to doing all they can to support gardaí with the tools and resources that are required for gardaí to do their jobs in an efficient and effective way. ‘An Garda Síochána is also dedicated to change, a change which is clearly spelt out in the modernisation programme. Dedication to becoming amore modern police and security service that meets the needs of modern day society, ensuring that we are accountable to all our stakeholders and accountable to each other from the top down, botton up, within the organisation.’

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The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan T.D was unable to attend the ceremony as he was on official commitments oversees in connection with St. Patrick’s Day, however, a statement by the Department of Justice said Minister Flanagan welcomed the addition of 206 new members to An Garda Síochána today following their attestation as members at a ceremony in the Garda College, Templemore. “Today is a proud day for the new members and their families and friends and an important day for the State. It is heartening to see 206 people of such diverse experience answer the call to public service to support the mission of An Garda Síochána to protect and serve.”

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Minister Flanagan wished each new garda a long and rewarding policing career in An Garda Síochána and urge them to remember always that their core role is to serve the community and to do so with dedication and with honour.

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206 trainee Gardaí  attested into An Garda Síochána on 16th March 2018. Photos: Emergency Times 

Defence Forces serving abroad on St. Patrick’s Day

Almost 600 Defence Forces personnel are serving oversees on 13 missions in 13 countries and 1 sea on this, St. Patrick’s Day.

Out of 588 personnel oversees, the Defence Forces largest troop mission has 334 personnel deployed with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), followed by 135 personnel with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights. We also have personnel serving in Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo and Western Sahara.

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Minister with Responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe T.D., accompanied by Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), Major General Kieran Brennan, is spending St. Patrick’s Day with the men and women deployed to UNIFIL. The Minister met with Officer Commanding the 111th Infantry Battalion, Lt Col Neil Nolan, and attended the 111th Infantry Battalion’s Medal Parade, during which he addressed the troops.

When addressing the troops, Minister Kehoe said, “What you do here, day in and day out, culminates in the realisation of our words of commitment to peacekeeping, and also to progress in the region.  Your work and your actions fill every Irish person with pride.”

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The Minister added “While your presence here is a great source of pride to Ireland, it is the difference between life and death for so many people living here.  We may be a small nation, but we can stand tall when it comes to helping some of the most beleaguered people on this planet.”

Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) Major General Kieran Brennan stated, “I’m delighted to be visiting the men and women of the Defence Forces deployed in the service of peace with the Minister this St Patrick’s Day. Receiving their medals today is recognition of their service to date, and it is a significant milestone on their tour of duty.”

Explosion following house fire in Waterford

Fire crews in Waterford City are at the scene of a house fire.

WLR FM says there are reports of an explosion at the time of the fire.

Waterford City Fire Service have a umber of appliances at the scene of the fire which occurred at around 8.40pm.

The fire is on the Ballytruckle Road, Waterford City.

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It’s believed that one man was in the house at the time. He is currently being treated by emergency services.

*Source: WLR FM

Carlow N80 closed due to Road Traffic Collision

Gardaí are at the scene of a collision on the N80 between Athy road and Dr. Cullen road roundabouts in Carlow town.

The crash involving and articulated lorry and reports of two other vehicles involved took place on a hill close to the Oak Park road junction on the outskirts of the town at around 4.30pm.

Recovery services are at the scene.

The road remains closed to facilitate a Garda Forensic Collision Investigation.

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